Non-reciprocal Friendships in a School-Age Boy with Autism: The Ties that Build?

J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Apr 11;:

Authors: Rodríguez-Medina J, Rodríguez-Navarro H, Arias V, Arias B, Anguera MT

This mixed-methods study examined differences in social interaction patterns between a school-age boy with autism and his friends, non-reciprocal friends, and non-friends during recess time at a mainstream school (third grade of elementary school). Through a combination of observational methodology and social network analysis with an idiographic, follow-up and multidimensional design approach, we used lag sequential and polar coordinate analysis to ascertain the associations between various interactive behaviors as a function of type of friendship relation. After 40 sessions, we found that the non-reciprocal friendship relations of the boy with autism could have significantly greater potential than his reciprocal friendships to increase active engagement and reduce the time he spent alone during recess.

PMID: 29644585 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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